Women's hairstyles for thin & fine hair

Updated April 17, 2017

Just like with any hair type, thin or fine hair can become a bit drab or boring over time if grown out too long. Thin hair needs layers or very good styling to come across thicker and fuller. The longer thin, fine hair, the more stringy it will appear. Shorter hairdo's, such as bobs, a-line stacked cut and shoulder grazing cuts look amazing on thin, fine hair.

Take a chance, copy a well-worn style from famous thin haired celebs and suddenly have a deceptively thicker and envy-inducing head of hair.

Everything old is new again

The bob has been around for decades. Classic, timeless, perfected over and over again, it is a great hairstyle for those with thin and fine hair. Celebs like Katie Holmes and Kate Walsh have recently shed their longer locks in exchange for a shorter, sassier bob. Making the face framing 'do popular again, these two ladies prove that thin hair was made for the bob.

The great thing about this style is that it works well with most face shapes and with every hair colour. Even those with curly hair can pull this look off. Think Julia Roberts in "The Mexican."

Shoulder grazing beauty

Claire Danes is one fine haired actress that has tried it all. She has made the short, blunt cut famous and recently she has been playing up the layered, mid-length hairstyle. Whether your hair has a natural wave or is stick straight, the mid-length style is a great look on thin hair. The layers add a natural easiness and the hair is at just long enough without becoming stringy.

Also keep in mind, that highlights and colours with sheen also add volume to thin hair. According to the website,, "avoid using only one colour to dye your hair with, or your hairstyle will appear "flatter."

Frame your face

Adding fringe to the mix or using dramatic face framing layers on thin, fine hair can create an entirely different look. Regardless of whether you choose a short hairstyle or go with a mid-length 'do, fringe can compliment the look perfectly.

In fact, women with thinner hair can both a chunkier, thick bang (Audrina Patridge) or a wispy bang like Reese Witherspoon. Another woman who has tried short and long hairstyles, Witherspoon's recent love affair with fringe (with both her long and short hairdos) is a perfect style to emulate. Face framing layers and fringe can compliment and thin out a round face and can compliment a heart or oval face.

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About the Author

Nicole Gordon is a graduate from the University of Central Florida and has been a freelance writer for over seven years. During her freelance career Gordon has written for such publications as the Orlando Sentinel online, Axis magazine and various other websites.